FAO in Lebanon

Farmers supported to turn their lands into productive ones


More than one thousand  small-scale farmers’ will be able to reclaim their unproductive lands,  construct water reservoirs and do on-farm complementary works (terracing, retaining walls, planting of tree seedlings, installing more efficient drip irrigation systems, and fencing).

This will be made possible with the generous support of the government of Denmark in the framework of the project “Promotion of Agricultural Livelihoods and Employment through Investment in Land Reclamation and Water Reservoirs” implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization in Lebanon (FAO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture.

FAO representative in Lebanon, Nora Ourabah Haddad signed this project with the Minister of Agriculture, Abbas Hajj Hassan in the presence of the Danish Ambassador to Lebanon, Kristoffer Vivike. “This project will allow farmers to convert their unproductive and abandoned lands into productive farm land, as well as construct terraces and water reservoirs to grow fruit and other high-value crops particularly in hilly and mountainous regions” said FAO Representative, adding that: “these investments will result in a sustainable increase in farmers’ profitability and income and will generate employment for host communities and displaced Syrians.”

“Our aim is to support the farmers who will benefit from contributions within a specific and logical mechanism by financing several projects through the Green plan” said Minister Hajj Hassan.

Farmers benefitting from this project, will also get the chance to attend tailored technical sessions and practical training workshops on climate smart agricultural practices, crop husbandry, good production practices, and irrigation management as part of the Farm Business School (FBS)[1], In addition, participants will have their capacities strengthened to understand business concepts and manage their farms as businesses. They will also be assisted in analyzing the feasibility of their farms, and developing related business plans.

 “We are very happy to support a project that will provide a little help to Lebanon in realizing the great potential in farming and by doing so, we also hope to create better employment opportunities for some of the most vulnerable groups in the farming communities – be it Lebanese or Syrians” said Ambassador Vivike.


[1] The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) developed the FBS approach to help farmers learn how to manage their farm operations, respond to market demand and make their farming enterprises more profitable. FBS is a curriculum-based and participatory extension approach, which aims to promote market orientation and “farming as a business”, through a shift in focus from production to improving farm management and market-oriented business farming.